For those interested in hunting wild turkeys in Wisconsin this spring, now’s the time to act. Surplus tags went on sale today and the information on availability is on Wisconsin’s DNR website. Beginning today, permits went on sale. Today is designated for Zone 1, tomorrow Zone 2, Wednesday Zone 3, Thursday Zone 4 and Friday Zones 5, 6 and 7. Then, on Saturday, tags in all seven zones will be available.
I got picked in the lottery for Zone 4, Season D. I bought my license over the weekend, and can buy more tags, which I did last year. You are allowed one per day. I think I will buy a second license for Zone 4, Season D so I can take more than one bird during my season. Last year, I had two young toms come in together (called jakes), and I was able to take them both. The meat on these juvenile birds is delicious, so it was nice to take home two birds.
It’s a nice deal, as the nonresident bonus tags cost only $15 each. I bought my original tag for $65, so I can have two for $80. That’s a great deal in my book. Other states charge much more. I paid $175 in Missouri (where I got skunked several years ago), and Iowa is even more. I think the hunting is every bit as good in Wisconsin, plus it’s as shorter drive. Not only that, for less money, I can have more tags than either Iowa (limit of one tag) or Missouri (two).
So, for me, the choice is easy – I’ll be turkey in Wisconsin this spring. And, of course, I’ll be getting a tag in Minnesota, too. I will hunt Season E. And, for the first time, I’ll be able to get the tag for this season over the counter rather than through the lottery.
My only concern at this point is the ridiculously early spring, which could potentially move the breeding up on the calendar. This happened two years ago and, by mid May, the toms were fizzling out and much harder to call in. My Wisconsin season begins May 2, and I hope the gobblers will still be plenty active then.